Recognizing and Developing Unpublished Canadian Poets
The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on unpublished Canadian poets.
Launched by Heidi M. Stock in April (National Poetry Month) 2012, this contest invites the participation of Canadian poets who have not published any of their original creative writing (poems or prose).
With the goal of recognizing and developing unpublished Canadian poets, the prizes for the three winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners) of the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will include:
the publication of their contest winning poetry on this contest website;
a listing of their names in the November issue of Quill & Quire, Canada's Magazine of Book News and Reviews; and
private online mentoring sessions with the contest judge (valued at $1,000 among the three winners).
In its inaugural year, 2012, the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest announced Vancouver's Poet Laureate, Evelyn Lau, as Honorary Patron and poet Catherine Graham as judge. Catherine is a much sought after creative writing instructor, who has published four books of poetry. See Contest Judge for her biography as well as the biography for our 2013 judge, poet Shannon Bramer.
What are you waiting for? Click on How To Enterfor contest rules and guidelines.
Visit Prizes & Winners for our announcement of last year's contest winners! In 2013, the contest will accept entries during the same period, April 1 to June 1, with winners announced in October 2013.